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Last Thursday Maryland lawmakers overturned Governor Larry Hogan’s veto of background checks for the sales of shotguns and long rifles. Officially making it law.
The legislation requires private sellers to conduct background checks of individuals buying those weapons.
Known as Senate Bill 208 and House Bill 4, the law closes a loophole that had no need for background checks.
Opposition calls the law an attack on the rural way of life and law-abiding gun owners. Activist celebrated the ruling after pushing for the legislation for years.
20 other overturned vetoes, including the creation of a women’s pre-release center in the Department of Corrections and a bill to protect the confidentiality of juvenile defenders became law Thursday, too.
Why This Matters To You:
When our federal or state government enacts new laws we as citizens need to know. They affect our lives and how we conduct them.
And, with the increase of mass shootings, gun control laws are expanding nationwide. A few bad apples ruin the bunch.
Gun rights activists believe the 2nd Amendment firmly guarantees all citizens the right to possess guns. So, it’s understandable why they stand against laws that infringe on that right.
On the other hand, gun control advocates see the unnecessary violence that comes with guns. The tragic loss of innocent lives due to murder and mass shootings is enough to make most see a need to regulate firearms.
The legislative session last week also created a couple of justice reform laws. One is meant to help female offenders adjust to life outside prison before release. The other shields juvenile offenders’ information from public view.
JC Law encourages reform such as this. We all deserve a second chance. Having a positive shot at that is worth striving for in our criminal justice system.